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Mary Clark (Johnson), of Haverhill

Also Known As: "Mary (Johnson)", "Davis", "Clark", ""Goody" Clarke"
Birthplace: Perhaps in, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: after 1714
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Johnson, of Andover and Susanna Johnson
Wife of Ephraim Davis, of Haverhill and Edward Clark, of Haverhill
Mother of Ephraim Davis, (died young); Stephen Davis; Mary Clark; Thomas Davis; Jonathan Davis and 4 others
Sister of Elizabeth Johnson; Thomas Johnson; Stephen Johnson; Lt. Timothy Johnson; Hannah Hutchinson (Johnson) and 6 others

Managed by: Andrew Jonathan Smith
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About Mary Clark, of Haverhill

Not the same as Mary Browne, of Newbury

Mary (Johnson) Clark, born say 1638, probably in Ipswich, was the widow of Ephraim Davis, and was known as "Goody" before her husband Edward Clark rose in the world and she was called Mistress Clark. Mary Clark was indicted for witchcraft during the infamous Salem Witch Trials, but there is no further record of her involvement. She was living in Haverhill in 1714.


Mary was the 3rd child of John Johnson who came to Ipswich in 1635 and his wife Susannah

From Anderson's Great Migration Project: link John Johnson married by 1632 to Susan (unknown). Children ....

"iii MARY JOHNSON, b. say 1638; m. Andover 29 December 1660 Ephraim Davis."

She married

  • (1) Ephraim Davis on 29 December 1660 at Andover. Ephraim Davis, son of James and Cicely or Sissilla Davis, born at Haverhill, married 31 Dec., 1659, Mary Johnson of Andover; took oath 1677 ; died 28 Sept., 1679. Widow Mary administratrix of the estate.
  • (2) Edward Clark on 1 November 1682 at Haverhill, widower of Dorcas Bosworth


  1. i. Ephraim Davis, born , died 29 March, 1662.
  2. ii. Stephen Davis, born 15 July, 1663, married Mary Tucker, 23 Dec., 1685.
  3. iii. Ephraim Davis, born 19 July, 1665; was in Canterbury, Conn., 1717. Married Mary Ayers 19 March, 1687-8.
  4. iv. Mary Davis, born i March, 1666-7, married 18 Aug., 1685, Joseph Clarke.
  5. v. Thomas Davis, born 2 March, 1668-9, a^ Norwich, Conn., in 1717; married Mary Sheppard, daughter of Samuel Sheppard, 22 May, 1700.
  6. vi. Jonathan Davis, born 8 May, 1671, died 7 Dec., 1690.
  7. vii. Joanna Davis, born 22 Sept., 1673, died 27 Sept., 1673.
  8. ix. Susanna Davis, born 28 Dec., 1674, was living 1679.
  9. x. Hannah Davis, born 15 February, 1676.


EPHRAIM2 DAVIS (James1), of Haverhill; m. Dec. 31, 1659[Hv], Mary Johnson of And., [sister of Thomas]. Oath al. and fid. 1677; d. Sep. 28, 1679[Hv.]; wid Mary adm. est. 1679; inv. est. Sep. 27, 1681. Children: Ephraim, Stephen, Ephraim, Mary, Thomas, Jonathan, Joanna, Susanna, Hannah.


  • [36] "Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt : Providence:1897 page 126
  • [51] "Vital Records of Haverhill" to year 1849; published by the Topsfield Historical Society 1910; volume I births; volume II marriages and deaths

Witchcraft indictment

From Salem Witchcraft Papers

The Complaint of Roburt swane and John swane of Andevor against Mary Clarke the wife of Edward Clarke of Haverhill: In behalf of Their Majesties: for themselves and severall of their neighbors: for High suspition of sundry acts of witchcraft by hir oftly commited on the bodys of Timothy [swwane] of Andevor and Mary Walcott and Ann Putnam of Salem village wherby much hurt hath ben don the afore said afflicted persons and theirfore they crave justis . This Complaint was brought to me (by Robert Swan of Andov'r) the 3'd day of August Anno Domini 1692 & bond given for the prossecution thereof before, the Worship'l justices of Peace att salem: upon which I gave, a writt of Apprehension: 4't Agust 1692.

The Examination of Mary Clark . of. Haverhill Taken before. Jno Hauthorn Esq'r and other their majesties justices of the peace.

The accused mary Clark being called, it was enquyred of Mary walcot if ever Clark had afflicted her, she answered yes, that is the very woman , and upon mary Clarks #[afflicting Of] Lookeing upon walcott and others of the afflicted they wer. str[u]ck into fitts. -- The Justices haveing used severall arg[ubar ]ments (for the good of her so[ubar ]l ) to confess if she knew her self, g[ubar ]ilty . she absolutely denyed And then the constable of #[Andover] Haverhill was called, and being asked of what fame & reputation mary Clark was off; He answered they had [had] heard #[guilty] she was or had been guilty of such things, but as to anything in particular he could not say. The justices. asked mary walcot if she wer not mistaken in this woman/.

Walcot answered this is the very woman I saw afflict Timothy swan , and she has aflicted me severall tymes and after a fitt she was then mediatly in, she said she saw the above mary Clark afflict Betty hubbard & Ann putnam The said mary Clark Lookeing upon Wal- cott , hubbard putnam, warrin, they wer in fitts.

Mary Walcott haveing a pinn r[ubar ]n into her arme suddenly: said that mary Clark did it, At the same tyme mary warrin had a pinn run into her throat under her chin which Mr Noice took out, Susanna Shelden upon s'd examination had 4 pinns taken out, of her hand sayeing that s'd Clark p[ubar ]t in two of them & Mr usher the other two.

Richard Carryer a former confessor said he beleeved he saw the s'd mary Clark with some others and himself baptised at Newburry falls. Betty hubbard was struck down by her lookeing upon her It was asked if she could say the lords prayer perfectly she erred much. Ann putnam said that s'd Clark had afflicted her by pincheing choakeing & stricking her in the face, & told her, that her name was Mary Clark , but that people used to call her goody Clark . Ann putnam said further that She saw the s'd Clark stabb Timothy Swan with a square ragged Speare as long as her hand (Reverse) and being asked why she called it a Ragged speare, she said #[it] because it was ragged like a file.

Mary post said she saw this mary Clarke Spirit at the village witch meeting & that she did eat & drink There as the rest did And futther she has seen the s'd Mary Clark afflict Timothy Swan/ I underwritten being appoynted by authority to take the within examintion in wryting Doe testify upon oath taken in court, that this is a true copy of the substance of it, to the best of my knowledge.

(Vertically in right margin) Mary Clarks Examinan

  • Robert Swan
  • Dudley Bradstreet Just's Peace

Also see

  • page 289 of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience By Emerson W. Baker
  • page 224 of The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege By Marilynne K. Roach
  • page 53 of Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692 By Bernard Rosenthal


  • Anderson's "Great Migration Project, "John Johnson of Andover" article link
  • Torrey: DAVIS, Ephraim, Haverhill & Mary JOHNSON, Andover, m/2 Edward CLARK 1682; 31 Dec 1659, 29 Dec 1660, 11 Feb 1659; Haverhill/ Andover {Court Rec.; Evans (1940) 149; Reg. 3:65; Dover NH Mar. 44; Warden (1901) 168, 170; Essex Ant. 4:139; GDMNH 184; EIHC 68:92; Pillsbury Anc. 155}
  • Torrey: CLARK, Edward & 2/wf Mary (JOHNSON) DAVIS, w Ephraim, 1 Nov 1682; Haverhill {Clark (#10) 6; Sv. 1:393; Ferrin-Preston 57; EIHC 68:92; Dawes-Gates 1:177}
  • New England Marriages: Prior to 1700 (Clarence Almon Torrey), Torrey, Clarence Almon, ((Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997), NEHGS #B2-84750), 929/.374 ED: 20., p. 155, 206
  • Andover, Massachusetts Vital Statistics: 1630-1850, NEHGS, (1630-1850 (Topsfield Hist. Soc.) NEHGS, photocopy NEHGS #P2-67600), p. 2,203
  • Woburn, MA: Vital Records, NEHGS, (Boston:MA, NEHGS, 1890)
  • Genealogical Research of Kirk Larson.
  • Ancestral File, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


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Mary Clark, of Haverhill's Timeline

Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 28
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
July 15, 1663
Age 29
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 1, 1666
Age 32
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 2, 1669
Age 35
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
May 8, 1671
Age 37
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
September 22, 1673
Age 39
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
December 28, 1674
Age 40
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
February 15, 1676
Age 42
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States